Definition of guarana
: a dried paste that is made from the seeds of a South American climbing shrub (Paullinia cupana) of the soapberry family, that contains caffeine and tannin, and that is used as a stimulant; also : this plant
Recent Examples of guarana from the Web
The substance is made from raw cacao powder (from cacao pods) and energy-drink ingredients such as taurine and guarana, which have raised alarm regarding their effect on young people when used in large quantities.
The powder, released last month, contains cacao powder as well as ingredients often found in energy drinks, including taurine, guarana, and ginkgo biloba.
According to U.S. News & World Report, the label boasts cacao powder plus ingredients you're probably used to seeing in energy drinks: gingko biloba, taurine, and guarana.
The substance is made of cacao powder, as well as gingko biloba, taurine and guarana, ingredients commonly found in energy drinks.
Information based on scientific testing should also be made available on the effects of energy drink additives, such as guarana and taurine, that can increase the potency and increase the effects of caffeine.
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Origin and Etymology of guarana
Portuguese guaraná, from Nhengatu (Tupi-based lingua franca of Amazonia), from Sateré-Mawé (Tupian language of the middle Amazon River basin) warana
First Known Use: 1838See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of guarana
: a dried paste made from the seeds of a Brazilian climbing shrub (Paullinia cupana) containing tannin and caffeine and used in making an astringent drink
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